If You Suffer a Slip and Fall Accident, Contact an Attorney Immediately.
Slip and fall accidents kill some 17,000 people every year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over 1 million people slip and fall in the U.S. annually. Up to 15 percent of all the job-related injuries reported in America are slip and falls. About 14 percent of all workers’ compensation expenses are due to these accidents.
Slip or trip and fall accidents might be fodder for cartoons and comedic films, but they cause a wide range of very serious injuries.
- Fractures and broken bones
- Back injuries
- Head trauma
- Lasting medical complications
In many of these cases, the person who suffers the fall isn’t to blame. Negligence on the part of a homeowner or business usually causes the accident. People who don’t remove ice from their sidewalks, businesses that leave spilled merchandise or standing water on their public areas and contractors who leave construction debris on the job site are all responsible for whatever accidents might occur to anyone on their property.
If you’ve been unfortunate enough to suffer a fall due to the negligence of a company or homeowner, you’ll want to contact a lawyer to see what kind of protection is available to you. An experienced lawyer will listen to the circumstances of your accident before advising you on how to proceed.
In most cases, your lawyer can file a claim for negligence against the business or property owner where you fell. If you’re the main breadwinner in your home, you could be entitled to compensation to cover your lost income. Any medical fees or rehabilitation costs that you incur as a result of a trip and fall will also be covered if you file a claim.
Your injury attorney will be sure to get all the facts, gather all your bills and present your case to the court. If you’re offered an out-of-court settlement, your attorney will let you know if the offer is good or if you should take your case to court.
One thing is for sure. You should never sign anything or give any sort of statement to anyone before contacting an injury attorney. Usually, there is no charge for an initial consultation. If the attorney feels that you have a valid case, then the two of you can move ahead with the lawsuit.
Nobody deserves to suffer a lessening of their quality of life due to the carelessness of others. If you were seriously injured as a result of a fall, contact an attorney immediately to get the representation you deserve.